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TEST CRITIC: Eric J. Mitnick, dean of the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth, stands outside the Licht Judicial Complex in Providence. Mitnick is among the legal observers who believe the bar exam should be changed to better test the skills would-be attorneys will need to practice law. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will bar exam undergo more change in future?

A year after Rhode Island lowered its passing score for the bar examination, the effect on pass rates remains murky. In March 2021, the R.I....

R.I. Supreme Court upholds state abortion rights law

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the state's Reproductive Privacy Act, two days after a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion to...

Legislative proposal stirs up shoreline dispute

A special legislative commission recently reached a consensus on a potential solution to a decadeslong conflict over shoreline access in Rhode Island, but a...
A SPOT ON THE BENCH: William J. Trezvant was one of two people of color sworn in as state judges in January, but some argue Rhode Island hasn’t done nearly enough to diversify the judiciary. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Jury still out on effort to diversify R.I. judiciary

William J. Trezvant grew up surrounded by Black lawyers and judges, thanks to his dad’s leadership of the Newport chapter of the NAACP. Those early...

R.I. Supreme Court hears arguments in India Point Park power line...

PROVIDENCE – Whether state regulators’ approval of plans to relocate the National Grid electrical towers and power lines above India Point Park amounted to...
ENHANCED ­­ABILITIES: R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Neronha says a new state law gives his office more power to pursue businesses accused of deceptive or unfair business practices. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

New R.I. law strengthens protection for consumers

Bad drivers and a weak business climate aren’t the only measurements by which Rhode Island ranks poorly compared with other states. For nearly two decades,...
STILL HAPPENING? The pandemic has helped stall plans for a 46-story tower along the Providence River, but the Fane Organization insists it will move ahead with the project, depicted above in a rendering. / COURTESY FANE ORGANIZATION

Despite hurdles, Fane tower developer presses ahead

The $300 million plans for a flashy, 46-floor luxury tower on former Interstate 195 land in Providence are moving ahead even as a legal...
R.I. SUPERIOR COURT Judge Jeffrey Lanphear ruled Thursday that the memorandum of understanding between the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council and Champlin’s Hotel, Marina & Resort regarding a proposed dockage expansion into Great Salt Pond in New Shoreham is valid. / COURTESY ERIK ELWELL

R.I. Superior Court: MOU between Champlin’s Marina, R.I. CRMC on dock...

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Lanphear ruled Thursday that the memorandum of understanding between the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council and Champlin’s...
RAISING THE BAR: Paul A. Suttell is poised to succeed Frank J. Williams as chief justice of the R.I. Supreme Court. /

Suttell named president of Conference of Chief Justices

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell on Wednesday was named president of the national Conference of Chief Justices. Suttell this week...

State courts plan to resume regular operations by Sept.

PROVIDENCE (AP) – Rhode Island's courts are preparing to resume regular operations this fall. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell issued an executive...

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